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Re: “Semiramis

We ate a strange and wonderful combination of vegetarian items: the vegetarian plate which comes with baba gannouj, hummus, falafel and stuffed grape leaves. We also ordered lentil soup and the fries w/ sumac & garlic mousse. The soup was terrific and the fries were hot and cripsy but I found the garlic mousse too strong. On the veggie plate, all was well executed but the slightly spicy grape leaves were particularly outstanding. The food and attractive eating area were definitely a cut above the typical falafel joint and Semiramis' proximity to the train makes it an even better choice.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 04/06/2007 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Gaylord India

We had a very nice dinner and enjoyed the more unusual vegetarian dinners they offer. We tried the
Aloo Bengan (eggplant and potatoes) and the
Dal Palak (seasoned spinach & lentils) along with Bhel Poori for an appetizer and garlic naan (they are serious about their garlic).

Service and food were all great and we'll return since it's hard for us to get up to Devon by mass transit.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 12/13/2006 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Heartland Cafe

This place does a great breakfast if you have the time to wait--we had some kind of potato/veggie scramble which was terrific, especially with the veggie sausage. Their homemade wheat toast is the best.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/26/2006 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Garlic & Chili

We've tried a lot of Thai places that are fancier and always come back here--the food is fresh, the place is clean, and the service is fast and friendly.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/26/2006 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Adobo Grill

My husband hasn't found much Mexican food to interest him since he became a vegetarian over a decade ago, so when he insisted on going back to this place after his first visit, I was curious.

We had the excellent guac and moved onto the enchiladas en mole verde (roasted butternut squash & wild mushroom enchiladas) and plato vegetariano (lentil cake, corn flan, and Yucatan-style tamale), which were both excellent. These weren't bathed in cheese like at some Mexican places, so I think a vegan could have a decent meal here, too.

I really like the decor of the place, and since it wasn't too busy we had a chance to look around at the artwork and the cool party room upstairs.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/26/2006 at 5:15 PM

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Re: “Garlic & Chili

Fresh, fresh, fresh. They seem to make their soups (and, of course, their entrees) to order and the veggies are always perfectly cooked, never mushy.

Although they're located in a low-end hotel, the space is bright and clean and service is efficient.

I tried some veggie dish with peanut sauce and my husband had masaman curry. Both were great, and since the server knew we were vegetarian, he asked if we wanted to leave out the fish sauce--now that's being attentive. So many Thai places will give you the eyeball roll when you ask about such ingredients. We also like their fried rice and drunken noodles.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/09/2005 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Old Jerusalem

We were happy to find this place open on a later Sunday evening. It's nice to have a casual place to pop into in Old Town.

Both of us are vegetarian (I'm vegan) so we stuck to that reasonably large part of the menu. Unfortunately they were out of the stuffed grape leaves, so we both had the lentil soup, which was very good (and served hot). It came with warm, fresh pita, which we usually don't eat a lot of, but we had to ask for more before the meal was over.

My husband had the combo plate--hummous, baba ghanouj, tabouli and falafel. Everything was nice, especially the eggplant dip, which is sometimes too garlicky or runny. This was perfect.

I ordered foul, a lemony concoction of fava beans, onions, etc. It was nice, especially when I scooped a bit of it into the pita with a dollop of tabouli from the combo plate. No room for dessert, though the baklava looks awesome.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/09/2005 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Karyn's Cooked

We were excited to try this all-vegan restaurant in River North. It wasn't very busy the night we were there, so we had plenty of time to ponder the attractive atmosphere and interesting menu. Zippy edamame were offered to warm us up and we started with the Asian "sausage" roll and the potato soup. We were surprised to find the former served cold but loved it--kind of like a summer sausage served on garlic bread. The texture was quite meaty for those who like that. The soup was served nice and hot and had a surprising spiciness which we liked.

My husband chose the polenta with grilled wild mushrooms, and we both liked it a lot. The portion is kind of small, so he ordered a side of mac & cheese, which they were out of. The scalloped potatoes he had in place of them weren't anything special. I ordered the "ribs," which reminded me of Gardenburger riblets with a nicer bbq sauce--we both liked them and it was a large portion. It came with grilled corn, a nice coleslaw and garlic bread (which needed more garlic.)

For dessert I had the raw chocolate crumble bar. I was leery since I haven't had much luck with raw food, but it was very good and I took 1/2 home for the next day. My husband had the double chocolate cake, which reminded me of the cakes at Chicago Diner.

The meal wasn't cheap--though the entrees ran about $11, the sides and desserts really added up. But it was nice and I look forward to eating here again, especially when they open for breakfast this summer. I've heard good things about the pizzas and the jerk tofu with a creamy garlic sauce. It's the perfect fit between the fancy Green Zebra and the casual Chicago Diner.

Posted by Elizabeth Brandt on 03/09/2005 at 3:36 PM

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